"What attendees have reported"

Dear Dr. Jezer, I just wanted to thank you so much for putting together such a fantastic symposium last Friday.  It was beyond inspiring and gave me hope that maybe some of our problems could be solved if we collectively worked toward a sustainable future.  You were so gracious with every introduction and made us all feel like family.  Just a huge congrats for such tremendous effort and success.  Looking forward to next year!
Sara Schultz, Buffalo NY
The event is one of those sought for opportunities that fosters the form of dialogue that will lead to a sustainable climate and economic solutions and reduce those moments that allow opposition to be the dominate point of discussion.  I think it has become too easy to draw lines in the sand and depend on lobbying to drive sound policy; your approach was a welcome alternative to demonstrate that collectively we can solve many challenges and optimize many opportunities.
Dennis Eisenbeck, National Grid Regional Director Energy Solutions
Rhea, I can’t say enough about the day and the experiences it held for my students. Simply extraordinary. Being in the same room with the great minds you gathered was inspiring. Thank you for making us feel most welcome and acknowledging what I believe, that young people carry the creative spirit and keys to helping us move our energy and other challenges forward.
Sue Foster Science Department Chair, Manlius Pebble Hill School
Thank you, Rhea. Another great conference and I am very appreciative of all the work you put into this. Bringing this conference and information to us on an annual basis is incredibly valuable.
John Pumilio Director of Sustainability, Colgate University
I could not be happier with the way things went Friday. Terrific! We definitely want to be part of next year. I have April 4 on my calendar, will avoid creating a competing WRVO event. We are uploading the conference audio to our server... they can go right to it and begin downloading the audio segments on-demand ... We will definitely alert our 5,200 members that the site is available, both by e-blast and in our next quarterly newsletter. Congratulations, Rhea. I know that being associated with this event is a significant step forward for WRVO...Very exciting!
Mike Ameigh General Manager WRVO FM, part of the NPR network
Wanted to take a minute to thank you for all your efforts in putting together another top notch group of speakers. It continues to grow and improve. I know you are up to the challenge of making the 10th annual even more awesome!
Russ Carey Supervisor, Town of Fenner
I just wanted to drop you a quick note and congratulate you one more time on a fantastic event. I don’t know how you do it, and make it look so easy. The speakers were terrific and the information was fresh, informative and understandable. Thank you for letting us be part of your important work. Count NYBS in for next year!
Sean P. Finnerty New York Bus Sales
Congratulations for a powerful day that will bring many more to the table as champions for this critical work.
Craig Heim Editor, Natural Awakenings
The Symposium was terrific. I took lots of notes. Great information! I give you a great deal of credit for bringing a world-class event to Central New York! (again)
Diane Brandli ASID, CID, LEED AP, dbdesign & Director, Greening America
Rhea, your energy and your organizational skills never cease to amaze me. Thank you ever so much for organizing this annual energy symposium. Keep up the good work.
Ruth Young President, People for a Healthy Environment
Let me congratulate you on a fantastic symposium. I was SO impressed, with the speakers, with the format, with the information. Really excellent, and I know how hard you worked, and for so long, to make it all happen. Fantastic job!
Dana Johnston Managing Director, External Relations, Synapse Partners, LLC.
I’m winding down a mechanical engineering career at ITT-Exelis here in Rochester and looking forward to starting on a new path in the Renewable Energy / Sustainability arena. The symposium was a very good opportunity to expand my understanding of what activity there is in this area. Thanks for your hard work.
Chuck Brugger
Again, I would like to thank you for a great event and for taking your valuable time to put it all together.
Mark A. Bethmann President, Bell Group
Thank you for putting on such a wonderful day, I would greatly appreciate access to a download of the power points. I believe they will prove to be a quality asset while working on my Masters Degree.
Patrick Niedzwiecki
Thanks for a wonderful conference, and all that you do to make it happen.
Paul Crovella
Fenner tour went very well, with an interesting group, lots of great questions and discussion. There was a gentleman from Columbia who was very interesting. We had a good open discussion on the bus with a man from England who explained the use of a series of micro-grids and municipal energy systems within communities in his country. Inspite of the weather, there was just one empty seat on the bus.
Thank you for the opportunity to be involved and to showcase the Fenner Wind Farm with the new direct drive permanent magnet turbine as well as the FREE Center.
Russ Carey Supervisor, Town of Fenner
...I had a great time being around so many like-minded people & being informed about all the green-energy opportunities...I love the subject of environmental policy & conservation and it's events like this that keep me interested & set on becoming involved....I found each speaker tremendously engaging, and have continued to research the economics behind the implementation of eco sustainable infrastructure. The Symposium has inspired me to integrate small, energy-saving habits into my daily life. Perhaps I'll take a bike to the next Symposium! ...I was so unaware of how interesting and how many people care about (the subject)
Manlius Pebble Hill Students (excerpts)
It is no surprise to me that the symposium was "a resounding success". You did a great job in putting this event together! It outlined the problem and potential solutions, the national policy perspective and New York's, opportunities/roles for individuals and businesses (NGOs, etc.), government programs at the national and state level, and more. The emphasis on Q&A gave the event real life. One person's comment (I paraphrase) that it was good enough to be a $1000 event in prime time in New York City was no exaggeration. It was great fun to participate in the symposium, to share the stage with so many wonderful speakers, and to field some of the many excellent questions".
David Berg Chief Advisor, Energy Policy United States Department of Energy
...I was personally taken by the immense amount of planning that goes into such an event...every detail, working a timeline, remaining firm and true to your goals and your vision, and of course remaining a top-notch host throughout the event. I also learned a lot about public speaking. Thank you Dr. Jezer for your hard work and diligence in putting this together. You have done a great service in environmental education for the community, and most definitely our class. I am eager to attend (and hopefully volunteer) at next year's Symposium.
Kyle M. Townsend Student, Cazenovia College
I want to congratulate you and thank you .... I absolutely loved listening to the speakers ...and look forward to sharing with my students.
Chair and Professor Department of Physics, SUNY Oswego
I attended my first symposium by Rhea Jezer in 2008. I missed last year's due to health issues (I take better care of buildings than myself.) I hope to make the next 36. These days are truly inspirational. When you leave you know that you can make a difference and I am sure many have. After going the first year you're energized both coming and going. Ms. Jezer was recognized with two significant awards for her efforts last year.
I was there one year when an entourage of university students filled two long tables. That was while I poured a cup of coffee and briefly chatted with Garry Brown from the PSC. Then I went back to my seat behind six friendly members of the DEC. I eased into that seat just in time to enjoy someone teasing by Frank Murray from NYSERDA. Kit Kennedy has been the monitor each time I went and you would swear she was leading an orchestra.This is the event to attend. You can put faces and personalities the names of leaders in our field and walk out the door feeling a part of it all. It is great. The Y2K was a non-event, The Mayan calendar deal was a flop. This symposium has been the only consistently successful human event of the millennium... . I have spent one day enjoying it and 364 days waiting for the next each year. Get there if you can."
Bernie Daily Daily Operations Inc. Rochester, New York
I was particularly interested in the Symposium from the standpoint of comparing municipal, university and business efforts to adopt renewable energy and sustainable practices. The parallels were both interesting and mutually supporting, ...and will help us in our planning.
Neil Murphy President, SUNY ESF
The Symposium yesterday exceeded our expectations. We have attended before, and found our excitement about the future of good ideas originating at your conferences to be infectious once again. The selection of panelists was incredible. Geoff Anderson's analysis and description of Smart Growth was nothing short of brilliant. We belong to the Southern Madison Heritage Trust, a land trust dedicated to preserving productive farmland in six Townships in Southern Madison County. The information we gleaned at your symposium Rhea, will be of value to us for a long time. Many thanks.
Carolyn Todd Southern Madison Heritage Trust
The structure and scope of each topic and the contribution of each speaker has been so well thought out and provides a tremendous cross-section. Who else would bring together Wind and Nuclear! But they are realities that we all must recognize for their contributions to today’s energy demands. "What a wonderful symposium yesterday. Thank you for all the effort and spirit you put into your work for Central New York and the planet... This Symposium brings so much to our area.
Professor, Le Moyne College Dr. Mary MacDonald
Your conference was spectacular! It was a real privilege and pleasure to participate.
Ed Bogucz Executive Director Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems
I just wanted to take the time to thank you for having such a great conference last week. I look forward on attending next years conference.
Court Rutherford VP Operations, Pyrus Energy Inc. Weedsport
I'd like to take a moment to thank you for your efforts in making this event happen - in my few years of attending, I've found it to be a great experience, and I'm looking forward to attending in April!
David P. Booth Higher Education Solutions, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Congratulations on a well run, well organized, high powered seminar. I learned a lot and can't wait till next year!
Dave Tucker Architect, Marcellus
The opportunity for networking with those from the energy industry, educational field and government agencies has been invaluable to me.
Russ Carey Supervisor, Town of Fenner, Madison County
As you know, Sierra Club has been a proud sponsor for the Symposium on Energy for the last several years. The quality of speakers and participants which you so ably assemble is astonishing. We have already invited some of the speakers to our meetings, and have planned programs around the issues the Symposium dealt with. You and I have worked together for over 25years, and on environmental issues for over fourteen, and this is the pinnacle of the successes you have accomplished. This year Sierra Club was proud to be a partner and help out with the Symposium, as well as broaden the scope of our understanding of the issue. It was a pleasure working with you. Please count us in for future partnerships. We can’t wait to see what next year’s program will be.
Martha Loew Chair, Iroquois Group, Sierra Club
I would like to thank you for coordinating the Energy Symposium last week. It was both educational and challenging and does a great deal to promote discussion at a new level. The Symposium was both educational and challenging. The debate on the safety of nuclear energy and its byproducts is one that is not likely to disappear regardless of the track record in North America. I did take the Fenner Wind Farm tour and that was most enlightening.
Thomas A. Pritchard Chairman, Otsego County Planning Board
Again my congratulations for the great conference. You really succeeded to put together an exceptionally competent panel. I am looking forward to get access to the presentations of the other speakers. The conference was very interesting for me and I hope to have made some lasting contacts. That would be very useful for my research on grids and demand response. Coming from Europe I was very impressed by the speech of Eric Schneiderman — for two reasons: first, in Europe an attorney general would never be so outspoken and with a clear societal, if not political mission. Second: he brilliantly presented the fight for rationality and evidence-based judgment against obscurantism and misinformation which does not (yet?) exist in this form in Europe. If you have the speech as a written text, I would appreciate to get it.
Rhea, it was really great to get to know you. Thank you very much again for inviting me and for your great hospitality. Let’s keep in touch. It would be fine to welcome you both in Berlin"
Ruggero Schleicher-Tappeser Sustainable Strategies, Berlin, Germany
The next ten years will continue to expand the conversation and allow communities and individuals to share their success and failures which will advance the effort for all the communities involved…The key of the success of your program is bringing together expert panelists and the group discussions and networking with the professional and community leaders that bring the message home to their own communities. The energy topic has become infectious. Many discussions and connections build on the information for years.
Mayor Timothy C. Lattimore and Michael H. Long, City Manager City of Auburn
Rhea, congrats on yet another fantastic symposium. I plan on never missing any of these. The international speakers were excellent and added a great new dimension, and all the other speakers were great. AG Schneiderman's talk was amazing -- great leadership on these issues. This symposium is getting better and better!
Kit Kennedy Counsel to Air & Energy Program NRDC
What struck me about your conference was an unmistakable balance in the content, presentations and attendees. That is very rare today, but the way it should be. After all, how can progress be made if we don't bring everyone to the table and encourage meaningful dialogue to share ideas and successes? The entire day was packed with great presentations on a wide range of practical topics. There is often controversy and strong opinion at similar conferences on these subjects--however this conference did not degrade into the normal squabble and finger pointing. That is a testament to your good judgment in selecting the topics and speakers. While the day was packed, there was also ample time to network. It will be difficult to top this conference next year, but I will offer my assistance in any way I can, to help you do so.
Arnie Talgo Sr. Policy Analyst New York Power Authority, Clark Energy Center
It was great to hear about approaches to sustainability from people other than my own peer group of architects. Seeing what's being done by city officials, institutions, administrators and elected officials gave a new perspective on ways to reduce our environmental impact. I will certainly be able to use this information.
Bruce Ward Architect, Hamilton, New York
I want to congratulate you and thank you for the organization of the Sixth Annual Symposium on Energy. I absolutely loved listening to the speakers ...and look forward to sharing with my students.
Professor Alok Kumar Chair and Professor Department of Physics, SUNY Oswego
That was such a great symposium on Friday. I wish I'd heard about the ones previous years so I could have gone to them, but I'm glad that I heard about this one and I'll look for next years! What a fantastic opportunity. Next year I, too, will try to bring students! Thank you so much!
Michele Hluchy Director, Environmental Studies Alfred University
Many thanks for organizing such an interesting symposium last Friday. The speakers you rounded up were all excellent, and the topics were of great interest and many ideas will be transferred and used by those who attended. Congratulations on such a wonderful job!
Jane Zacek Union College, Schenectady
Dr. Rhea Jezer from Cazenovia College has been hosting this event for over seven years now and each year he attracts some of the most powerful energy czars to participate from academia, government and the private sector.
Guy M. Zaczek e3 Energy Environment Education, Niagara Falls
The breadth and depth of the speakers drawn to The Symposium are consistently remarkable. United States Congressmen and New York Senators with powerful roles to help change the energy future of our region have consistently been speakers. College Presidents have shown how the teaching and research at their institutions are translating into meaningful projects and well-informed citizens. Representatives from front-line environmental organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and NYS AFL-CIO share the dais to problem solve. City mayors using best environmental practices share their ideas and successes. Although other conferences may have some of the same expertise, what separates The Symposium is the informal atmosphere that creates a particularly dynamic and rich environment for all as traditional partners and the public at large explore the critical energy issues at hand. The hundreds of people who attend, no matter what their affiliation, learn from each other and build a greater understanding of environmental issues in our region. Clearly many see this is an invaluable and critical opportunity.
Tours of a range of projects demonstrating energy initiatives in the region are a hallmark of The Symposium. Wind energy, nuclear power, electricity generated from methane and willow biomass to be used for ethanol or electricity production all are taking place in Central New York. The Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century has allowed thousands of people the chance to learn about these technologies and projects and see them in action first-hand. The Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century has created a forum for all of us to take ownership for solutions to the country”s energy problems. This project”s enormous success should be recognized and celebrated."
Maureen O'Neill Fellows SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry Director, Institutional Planning Manager, U.S. Senate Relations
The Energy Symposium has been a great resource for my office, helping me share ideas and concerns with leaders of the green energy movement, and keeping me and my staff up to date on the most pressing energy issues. The people who attend will take the information back to their own communities and continue their efforts. I applaud Dr. Rhea Jezer for all her work on this annual gathering.
David J. Valesky - State Senator

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